To Ephesus, From "Who Walketh in the Midst of the Seven…"

Ephesus Celsus Library Façade

“Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;” (Revelations 2:1) Of all of the seven churches of Asia, Ephesus is addressed first, and Ephesus has the most mentioned about it in … Read more To Ephesus, From "Who Walketh in the Midst of the Seven…"

"Trying" the Spirits and Knowing Who is True

Trying the Spirits

“I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:” (Revelations 2:2) Jesus knows exactly where everyone is spiritually. There is nothing hid from him. When he … Read more "Trying" the Spirits and Knowing Who is True

Without Love – Our Labor is Vain!

plowing

“And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.” (Revelations 2:3) Twice he emphasizes their labour and patience: here and in the prior verse. The church in the beginning was a hard laboring people who also had the ability to endure patiently the hardships and persecutions. “For … Read more Without Love – Our Labor is Vain!

Have You Left Your First Love?

heart that loves God

“Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.” (Revelations 2:4) To sum up the problem: they were doing all the right things, but no longer for the right reason. Their first love, the motivating force behind doing the right things, had changed. It had shifted to something, or someone else. … Read more Have You Left Your First Love?

Are You Fallen from Your "First Love"?

true heart of love

“Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works…” (Revelations 2:5) Jesus told them they needed to think back to the point from where they had fallen – and he had already told them in the verse 4 where that place was: “thou hast left thy first love” (see the … Read more Are You Fallen from Your "First Love"?

Has the Candlestick Been Removed From Your Heart?

heart that loves God

“…or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.” (Revelations 2:5) As stated in earlier posts, the candlestick represents the light of the church, which is her burning love for the true light, Jesus Christ (see “Turn to See the Light of the Seven … Read more Has the Candlestick Been Removed From Your Heart?

What Happens When the Candlestick is Removed?

single lighted candle

“Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.” (Revelations 2:5) What will happen if the candlestick is removed from the temple of the Lord – meaning that it is … Read more What Happens When the Candlestick is Removed?

Only True Love Will Keep You Away From "Free-Love"

Flirt

“But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate.” (Revelations 2:6) Who were the Nicolaitanes? Historians describe them as a short lived sect in the early days of Christianity that promoted promiscuous sexual relationships among its believers – in other words, a “free-love” spirit. But Revelations is a … Read more Only True Love Will Keep You Away From "Free-Love"

Do You Have an Ear to Hear and Obey?

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“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches…” (Revelations 2:7) Jesus makes this statement at the end of his message to each of the churches of Asia: “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches”. The implication is very clear: not … Read more Do You Have an Ear to Hear and Obey?

Do You Eat of the Tree of Life in Paradise?

Adam and Eve in paradise

“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.” (Revelations 2:7) The “paradise of God” mentioned in verse 7 is the heavenly condition where God … Read more Do You Eat of the Tree of Life in Paradise?

Was Dead – But Behold, I Am Alive For Evermore!

resurrection from the tomb

“And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;” (Revelations 2:8) Jesus starts each message to the different churches by emphasizing something about his own character that was already described in the first chapter of Revelations – that particularly applies … Read more Was Dead – But Behold, I Am Alive For Evermore!

A True Worshiper of Jesus is a Spiritual Jew

Persecution of early Christians

“I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.” (Revelations 2:9) Just like the Ephesus period of time (church age), the true worshipers were true laborers, but now they were especially … Read more A True Worshiper of Jesus is a Spiritual Jew

Be Faithful and True to Jesus – Even Unto Death

John in prison being beheaded

“Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.” (Revelation 2:10) You cannot fear men and the sufferings they … Read more Be Faithful and True to Jesus – Even Unto Death

"And Ye Shall Have Tribulation Ten Days"

Romans persecuting Christians

“Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.” (Revelation 2:10) Notice that Jesus also tells them that they … Read more "And Ye Shall Have Tribulation Ten Days"

Will You Be Hurt By the Second Death?

Adam and Eve Driven out

“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.” (Revelation 2:11) Again, can you hear what the Spirit of God is saying? As already stated in earlier posts, this exact same question is asked at the end of … Read more Will You Be Hurt By the Second Death?

The Smyrna Church Age – Revelation 2:8-11

Constanine over Council of Nicaea

As already noted in earlier posts, the message to each of the seven churches also represents a spiritual message to everyone in every age of time. But there is also a definite relationship of each message that highly correlates to a particular “age” in history, identifying the prevailing spiritual condition that existed among those claiming … Read more The Smyrna Church Age – Revelation 2:8-11

Don’t Dare Modify the Word of God – the Sharp Two-edged Sword!

Sharp two-edged Sword

“And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;” (Revelation 2:12) As already stated in the post regarding Revelation 1:16, the sharp two-edged sword represents the Word of God that proceeds from Jesus’ mouth: “For the word of God is quick, and … Read more Don’t Dare Modify the Word of God – the Sharp Two-edged Sword!

I Know Where You Are "Even Where Satan’s Seat Is"

Satan

“I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.” (Revelation 2:13) Here we see some of the results of the previous … Read more I Know Where You Are "Even Where Satan’s Seat Is"

Jesus Knows Where Satan’s Seat Is – Do You?

Jesus before Pilat

“I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.” (Revelation 2:13) The word “seat” used here in the original means (from … Read more Jesus Knows Where Satan’s Seat Is – Do You?

Doctrine of Balaam – Placing Stumbling Blocks in the Way

Pope Selling Sinful Indulgences

“But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.” (Revelation 2:14) In spite of those who like faithful Antipas “holdest fast my name, … Read more Doctrine of Balaam – Placing Stumbling Blocks in the Way

Following Balaam Is a Very Bitter Way to Live

water fountain

“But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.” (Revelation 2:14) Both Peter and Jude in their epistles warned of people, spiritually like … Read more Following Balaam Is a Very Bitter Way to Live

Are You Committing Spiritual Fornication?

Silhouette of an Ungodly Woman

“But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.” (Revelation 2:14) The condition is described here in Revelation 2:14 as a spiritual condition … Read more Are You Committing Spiritual Fornication?

Jesus Hates the "Free-Love" of False Doctrines

Pope as a skeleton person

So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate. (Revelation 2:15) Remember what the Nicolaitanes are like from the previous post on Revelation 2:6 titled: “Only True Love Will Keep You Away From Free-Love“? Bible historians described the Nicolaitanes as a short lived sect in the early days … Read more Jesus Hates the "Free-Love" of False Doctrines

Repent, Or Jesus Will Come Against You With the Word of God!

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Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. (Revelation 2:16) He told them there were some things they needed to repent of! That means they needed to acknowledge the wrong they had allowed, ask for forgiveness of it, and turn away from it … Read more Repent, Or Jesus Will Come Against You With the Word of God!

Are You Feasting On the Hidden Manna?

Bread - Sliced

“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.” Again (as he … Read more Are You Feasting On the Hidden Manna?

Have You Received a White Stone With a New Name Written?

White Stone at Graveyard

“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.” (Revelation 2:17) Notice … Read more Have You Received a White Stone With a New Name Written?

The Pergamos Church Age – Revelation 2:12-17

Stained glass church picture

The messages to the seven churches are spiritual messages to everyone of every age of time. But additionally, there also exists in them a message that highly correlates to a particular “age” in history because of the prevailing spiritual condition that existed among those claiming to be the church during that age of time. Each … Read more The Pergamos Church Age – Revelation 2:12-17

Jesus Has Eyes and Feet Like Fire!

eyes looking at you

“And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;” ~ Revelation 2:18 This is emphasizing a particular characteristic of Jesus mentioned back in Rev 1:14-15. (See the previous post “Nothing … Read more Jesus Has Eyes and Feet Like Fire!

Can Jesus Approve Your Works?

Sailing Ship Over Calm Waters

“I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first.” (Revelation 2:19) As stated in my previous post “Jesus has Eyes and Feet Like Fire” the Thyatira church Age approximates the time of 1530 to 1730 (although the spiritual condition … Read more Can Jesus Approve Your Works?

Should Jezebel Be Honored as a Queen and Prophetess?

queen being honored

“Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.” (Revelation 2:20) Jezebel – who was she? She was the wicked Old Testament wife of King Ahab, the King … Read more Should Jezebel Be Honored as a Queen and Prophetess?

Jezebel Kills True Prophets and Then Sets Up a False Communion

The Last Supper

“Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.” (Revelation 2:20) Notice from the previous post “Should Jezebel Be Honored as a Queen and Prophetess?” it is the … Read more Jezebel Kills True Prophets and Then Sets Up a False Communion

Jezebel Has Daughters, and They Also Claim to Be Married to Christ

woman Silhouette

“Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.” (Revelation 2:20) The spirit of Jezebel (the false bride of Christ, the false queen, see post: “Should Jezebel Be … Read more Jezebel Has Daughters, and They Also Claim to Be Married to Christ

Jezebel’s Space of Time to Repent of Fornication is Over!

mystery Babylon and the beast

“And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.” (Revelation 2:21) The “her” that Jesus gave “space to repent of fornication” was that false Christian spiritual condition (Jezebel). This Jezebel spirit claims to be married to Jesus (claims to be his church) but yet flirts and fornicates with evil and … Read more Jezebel’s Space of Time to Repent of Fornication is Over!

Are You Fellowshiping a Spiritual Harlot?

A bed

“Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.” (Revelation 2:22) Jesus casts the false church organization “into a bed” of spiritual harlotry. How? By a true preacher exposing her (the false fellowship) to be what she is: a selfish, … Read more Are You Fellowshiping a Spiritual Harlot?

Jesus Searches the Heart and Reveals the Death of Sin

Searching what is really in the heart?

“And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.” (Revelation 2:23) As shown in the scriptures quoted in the earlier post “Are You Fellowshiping a Spiritual Harlot?” … Read more Jesus Searches the Heart and Reveals the Death of Sin

Have You Known the Depths of Satan, As They Speak?

deep pit

“But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.” (Revelation 2:24) This final statement is addressed to a specific audience – those who have stood true … Read more Have You Known the Depths of Satan, As They Speak?

As You Speak – What Comes Up From the Depths?

Mine Shaft a Deep Dark Pit Cave

“But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.” (Revelation 2:24) The doctrine is what is taught from the depths of the heart. What is taught … Read more As You Speak – What Comes Up From the Depths?

Are You Holding Fast to the Word of God?

Holding the Bible

“But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.” (Revelation 2:25) Jesus is going to come eventually and execute judgment on this world’s spiritual condition. To you in spiritual Thyatira, don’t eat those false testimonies that are sacrificed to the selfishness of idolatry, and don’t commit spiritual fornication. And don’t allow that false … Read more Are You Holding Fast to the Word of God?

Do You Have Power Over the Religions of the Nations?

Jesus Saves

“And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:” (Revelation 2:26) As quoted above from an earlier post referring to Rev 17:1-5, spiritual Babylon has power over the nations to deceive them and make them drunk on what “they speak.” But if you be … Read more Do You Have Power Over the Religions of the Nations?

Are You Ruling With a "Rod of Iron" or Are You Broken By It

A Broken Vase

“And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.” (Revelation 2:27) Jesus is quoting the scripture in Psalms 2:9 and is promising those that are true that they will rule, even in the same manner … Read more Are You Ruling With a "Rod of Iron" or Are You Broken By It

Has Jesus Given You the Authority of the Morning Star?

sunrays of a sunrise

“And I will give him the morning star.” (Revelation 2:28) As interpreted by Jesus in Revelation 1:20 a star represents an angel (a messenger.) What he is saying to the true ministry that will preach the truth is that he will give them the same ministerial boldness and authority as he himself brought in to … Read more Has Jesus Given You the Authority of the Morning Star?

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